In this new world when we all claim to be free do we still need role models or are we better off without them? Imagine when you were young what was the answer that you provided when someone asked you “What do you want to be”? Most probably you told them of someone you really inspired by maybe a pilot or someone. When you grow up you still choose to follow. when it comes to clothes and technology the only difference is when you are asked now “Who is your role model?” your answer has changed from someone to no one. However, the reality is there are so many that it is easy to say no we don’t have any.
Why We Need Role Models?
People look into the TV stars as inspiration and try to follow them. Even when we know nothing about them. they are more like a hollow man or masked people not even real. So is this a clever getaway? The truth is all of us or born this way we look into others for the solutions we have or will have. It is the way we were programmed. and you just can’t delete this feature. So where is the proof that we really need role models? For that just open the AlQuran
“There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often.” Quran [33:21]
So our Prophet Muhammad (saw) introduced as the best role model. but if we don’t need any, why did Allah (swt) send Prophets with the books? Why it is in Quran as a response to the requests of the Kufars. that why don’t angels come down for us. It is said that if angels were to be addressed we would have certainly send angels to guide. So it is clear as the human beings need guidance so Allah (swt) sent the best human beings to guide as Prophets.
Best Role Models:
So we all need role models and are already following someone consciously or unconsciously. The real deal is to make this decision wisely with full intention and accept what Allah (swt) choose for us. The best role models are our Prophets whose lives are not a secret like the movie stars nor are there affairs doubtful but are all well recorded in Quran. Just open it. In there you get role models for children, rich, poor, leaders, youth everyone.
If you are young read the story of the people of cave. So, if you are a father read the story of Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S). if you are a single mother read the story of Hazrat Maryam (A.S). And if you are an explorer read the story of Zulqarnain in Surah Khaf, if you are a student read the story of Hazrat Musa(A.S) in Surah Kahf. Apart for these you have a whole lot of Shabas whose lives are well recorded too. See for yourself a short series named “Our Legends” aiming at a new Shabee every time. So, in the end I leave you with the first episode and the link to all the other episodes up til now.